Michael J. Canaan, CPP CFLC is a Forensic Premises Liability Expert Witness with over 42 years of experience in military and civil law enforcement, as well as, corporate and private sector security and investigative positions.
Mr. Canaan is Board Certified in Security Management by the American Society for Industrial Security, International. ASIS is the largest professional security practitioner association with over 38,000 members worldwide, of which only 2200 have received this prestigious certification. Mr. Canaan is also a Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant with the Forensic Expert Witness Association.
Mr. Canaan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Washington State University.
Assignments have taken him from the Bering Sea to Southeast Alaska, across Canada and the United States, to countries in Central and South American in case venues ranging from educational settings, amphitheaters and stadiums, nightclubs and sports bars, ships, casinos, retail environments, food processing facilities, malls, and shopping centers.
Those assignments typically have involved evaluating failure to meet best practices, duty or standard of care in areas such as hiring, training, supervision, policies and procedures, staffing, and technology in cases ranging from allegations of voyeurism, violation of privacy, improper installation of security infrastructure or systems, inadequate security, excessive force, threats, intimidation, harassment, assaults, rape, robbery, shootings, and homicide.
Of the 25+ expert cases worked, 80 percent have been for the defense, with testimony experience in deposition and at trial.
Since 1991, Mr. Canaan has served as President of Trident Investigative Service, Inc. He is a former Washington Certified Police Officer and Narcotics Detector Dog Handler. Mr. Canaan is a certified instructor in related disciplines and maintains active membership in numerous professional associations. View Michael Canaan's Consulting Profile.
James A. Francis, CPP, CFSO, has over 30 years of experience in the Security Profession, spanning both government and industry. Mr. Francis started his security profession as a Special Agent with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He later managed the security and safety program for a major division of Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Inc. He capitalized on this broad expertise during his tenure at T&M Protection Resources and Kroll where he achieved the position of Senior Vice President at both companies. Both in his current role as President & Chief Consultant at LFJ Consulting Services, and in his previous roles, he has been responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of complete security programs. He has managed both a contract and proprietary guard force, developed and implemented security policies and procedures, developed and conducted security awareness training programs, and developed and implemented emergency procedures and evacuation plans.
Litigation Support - Mr. Francis provides leadership to LFJ Consulting Services on its broad range of offerings in the areas of expert services, litigation support, security, and crisis management. LFJ was established to serve Fortune 500 companies, law firms, schools, commercial real estate, governments and the security community. Services are offered to attorneys representing both plaintiff and defendant and include written reports, depositions, and trial testimony.
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John Hatcher is an industry leader in Building Systems Engineering including, Security, Building Automation Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Intelligent Building Concepts and Commissioining. He has worked on some of the most prestigious facilities in the world including the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Russia, India and Southeast Asia.
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THOMAS P. PREVAS is President of General Security Consultants, Inc.(GSC), located in Connecticut. Prior to starting GSC, Inc., Mr. Prevas was a Senior Consultant with ITT-Hartford, where he was involved with the development and administration of the Corporate Security Program country wide and in Canada, providing underwriting management with risk evaluation and risk improvement services for commercial accounts with complex security exposures, and consulting on losses, claims investigations and staff training.
GSC specializes in Protection Evaluations and Planning for a wide range of clients that require advanced technical knowledge and analytical skills within the security field, and expert witness services and causal analysis for losses related to crime. GSC specializes in protection evaluations and planning for the insurance industry and a wide range of commercial clients. The company offers advanced technical knowledge and analytical skills to identify security exposures and develop innovative, cost-effective solutions. GSC also provides expert witness services and causal analysis on losses related to security, security liability and fire detection systems and monitoring. GSC provides litigation consulting services to several of the country's largest and most prestigious law firms, and has testified in many of the largest and most complicated cases involving electronic security systems and monitoring, physical security, fire protection systems and monitoring, serious injury and death.
Fire & Risk Engineering provides Fire Protection and Risk Management solutions for projects involving industrial, commercial, institutional, mercantile, transportation, educational, residential, and complex public facilities. They apply scientific laws to fire analyses in order to form a solid foundation for indisputable arguments. In addition, Fire & Risk Engineering provides the experience to identify, interpret and explain the relevant codes, standards, regulations and industry practice that affect the determination of responsibility.
Robert Malanga, P.E., holds degrees in Fire Protection Engineering as well as in Technology Management and the Electrical/Electronic field. For over 28 years, Mr. Malanga has dedicated his career and avocations to Fire Protection, Life Safety and Risk Management. As a result, he is experienced in analyzing the development and spread of Fires and Explosions as well as evaluating the design and performance of fire protection systems. He has provided expert testimony on the subjects of fire and explosion phenomena; cause and origin; fire behavior, spread and development; design, adequacy and performance of public/private fire protection systems; fire prevention; fire protection and building codes; fire resistant construction and fire safe building design.
Howard Levinson, CPP has been in the Security field for over 37 years. As the President of Expert Security Consulting, his firm provides services such as Risk and Vulnerability Assessments and Surveys and Security System Designs of new and existing private and public facilities. His diversified experience in Security has included Education Complexes, Banking, Retail, Commercial, Industrial, Distribution, Home Crime prevention, Investigations, and other related areas. Mr. Levinson has performed or directed consultations at over 200 client locations. Mr. Levinson has been a Security Expert Witness for over 26 years. He assists attorneys in preparing for liability cases and provides expert witness and forensic testimony in cases involving security and premise liability issues. Representing both Plaintiff and Defense, he has either consulted or testified in over 50 cases. He is available to provide clear, concise reports with documentation for all investigation requirements. Areas of Expertise Include:
James Parker has over 35 years of relevant industry experience specializing in Electronic Security Systems & Sensors, Electronics R&D, and New Product Development. He has in-depth knowledge of electronic product design in both Wired and Wireless Technologies and outstanding knowledge of Environmental and False Alarm Immunity. Products, such as alarm systems, that Mr. Parker led the design of, have an installed base in the millions.
Litigation Support - Mr. Parker provides Patent Litigation support to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defense and is experienced with civil liability, criminal and patent litigation, including Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs). He has the ability to explain complex technical material in a straight forward manner. Mr. Parker's past clients include Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Fish & Richardson PC, Alarm.com, 2GIG Technologies, and Nest Labs. His services are available nationally and internationally.
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Background - Mr. Parker is the Past Vice President of Engineering for Digital Security Controls Ltd. (DSC), a leading global manufacturer of electronic security systems and components with sales exceeding $400 million annually. He is currently the President at EE-Systems Group Inc. Canada (R&D) where he is responsible for overseeing new product and business development. A prolific inventor, Mr. Parker has been granted over 25 unique patents with approximately 100 patent documents published worldwide.
RETAINED BY 400 LAW FIRMS IN 28 STATES
Depositions: 800+ Mediations & Arbitrations: 100+ Trial Testimony: 80 in 30 Superior Courts More than 10,000 properties inspected.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio Nevada, Arizona, Washington, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa Hawaii, Idaho, Alabama, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma Montana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Washington D.C.
Standard of Care; Custom and Practice Building & Safety Codes Fair Housing Practices (FEHA) Personal Injury (Slip, Trip & Fall) Premises Liability Landlord/Tenant
Multi-family Units Managed: 25,000 Association, Hospitality, & Timeshare Units Managed: 100,000 Associations Managed: 1,000 Commercial Properties Managed: 1,250,000 sq.' Mobile Home & RV Spaces Managed: 3,800 Single Family Units Managed: 3,500 Commercial Property Inspections Performed: 900 Association Property Inspections Performed: 3,600 Parking lots and Parking Structures: Personal Injury; Snow & Ice